UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky's Mathies SEC player of year; Goss top freshman

A'dia Mathies (1), Kentucky's leading scorer, has averaged just nine points since UK's victory over Tennessee on Jan. 12.
A'dia Mathies (1), Kentucky's leading scorer, has averaged just nine points since UK's victory over Tennessee on Jan. 12. Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky had a sweep of sorts in the Southeastern Conference post-season awards, released Wednesday morning by the league office.

A'dia Mathies won SEC Player of the Year; Bria Goss won Freshman of the Year and Keyla Snowden was named Sixth Player of the Year for Kentucky.

Deana Allen of Florida tied Snowden for her honor.

The Cats won the league title for the first time in 30 years, finishing 24-5 overall and 13-3 in the SEC. UK went undefeated at home, including 8-0 in league play.

Mathies, a 5-foot-9 junior guard who averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists, also was named to the league's All-Defensive Team.

The Louisville native leads Kentucky in scoring, steals, three-point percentage and three-pointers. She's second on the team in rebounds and assists and is tied for second in blocked shots.

In the vote of conference coaches, Matthew Mitchell was beaten out for SEC Coach of the Year honors by Arkansas' Tom Collen.

The Associated Press team will be released after the SEC Tournament, which starts on Thursday in Nashville.

Goss, a 5-10 guard, leads the SEC in scoring for freshmen at 11.6 points a game. She also averages 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists a game.

Snowden has come off the Kentucky bench this season to score 8.9 points a game.

Mathies was joined on the first team by C'eira Ricketts (Arkansas out of Fairdale High), Jennifer George (Florida), Anne Marie Armstrong (Georgia), LaSondra Barrett (LSU), Glory Johnson (Tennessee) and Christina Foggie (Vanderbilt).

Johnson was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year for Tennessee. Auburn's Blanche Alverson earned Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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